Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Study on delay in disciplinary proceeding


Please refer to our letter to the Chairman, CBEC vide our letter F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/30 dated 18.11.2014  under captioned subject "Inordinate delays in deciding Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries – reg." (available at http://www.aiceia.blogspot.in/2014/11/letter-to-chairman-cbec-regarding.html).  In this letter, we requested the  CBEC to review the position of all pending cases of Vigilance angle and Non vigilance angle and direct all the concerned authorities to dispose off the cases in time bound manner that too taking logical, acceptable and warranted decision in the matter.

On our repeated requests and persuasions, the CBEC, vide their letter F.No. V.500/84/2014 dated 18.12.2014, formed a Study Group in the chairmanship of Ms. Vanaja Sarna, Chief Commissioner (TAR), New Delhi, to:-

1.     examine and analyse the causes of delay in disposal of disciplinary proceedings and to recommend measures to prevent such delays in future.
2.     examine sample of cases of inordinate delays and make appropriate recommendations, including fixation of responsibility, if necessary as per the instructions in this regard.
3.      examine existing system of data keeping and reporting and to recommend suitable changes including the ways in which automation (IT) can be used to make the disciplinary process more efficient and transparent.
4.     examine the existing supervisory mechanisms and to recommend ways in which these can be made more effective
5.     examine and recommend with reference to the number of charge sheets which eventually sustain, appropriate measures to either improve or prevent the initiation of unsustainable cases; and
6.     examine any other related issues and make suitable recommendations.


          The Study Group has to complete the study by 31.03.2015 and submit its report to the Board for consideration and implementation of accepted decisions.


          All Circles/Branches/Units of AICEIA are requested to give their feedback, valuable comments and proposals to address the "Inordinate delays in deciding Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries/proceedings" immediately on our email id sgaiceia@gmail.com.


Yours fraternally,
-sd-
(Abhishek Kamal)
Secretary General

Monday, January 26, 2015

Newly elected Office Bearers of AICEIA, Nashik Branch


The following Officer Bearers have been unanimously elected to serve the members of AICEIA, Nashik Branch:-

S.No.
Name of the Officer-Bearer
Post Held
01
S. K. Kothawade
President
02
A.P. Komajwar
Vice President (Nashik-I)
03
C.S. Chavanke
Vice President (Nashik-II)
04
Harish  Kathpal
General Secretary
05
Sulakshana Dhumal
Jt. Secretary (Nashik-I)
06
Khedkar Rahul
Jt. Secretary (Nashik-II)
07
V.V. Suradkar
Treasurer
08
S.N. Pawar
Executive Member
09
Santosh Adep
Executive Member
10
Ashish Shrivastav
Executive Member
11
Manoj Choudhary
Executive Member
12
Vandana Kale
Lady Representative
13
Neha Tomar    
Lady Representative

                                                                                 Yours fraternally,
 Sd/-
(Abhishek Kamal)
Secretary General

Welcome to CEC Meeting @Kolkata


ALL INDIA CENTRAL EXCISE INSPECTORS' ASSOCIATION
WEST BENGAL, SIKKIM & ANDMAN NIKOBAR CIRCLE

CUSTOM HOUSE, 7TH FLOOR, 15/1, STRAND ROAD, KOLKATA-1
Ph./Fax: (033)22420693 î e-mail: aiceiawb@gmail.com

Comrades,
In continuation to our email dated 05.01.2015 for invitation to CEC, Kolkata, to be held on 13.02.15 and 14.02.15, the following detail regarding venue and other details may be noted :-
1.   Name of the venue:-  Lake Land Country Club,  Kona Expressway, Bankra, Howrah, Kolkata, West Bengal – 711403.
2.   Contact details of Venue: Mobile No. 09038076821 Website:www.panchwatigroup.com/lakelandcountryclub/home.php;
3.   Distance – from Howrah Railway Station :-  9 km,
from Sealdah Railway Station :-  16 km, and
from Netaji Subhas C. Bose Airport, Dumdum :-27 km.
4.   The delegate fee for the CEC has been fixed as Rs. 1000/- per Delegate per Day.
5.   Accommodation will be provided from 12.02.2015 (Evening) to 14.02.15 (Evening). Delegates willing to stay after 14.02.2015 (Evening) in Kolkata, are requested to continue on their own expenses in the same venue or elsewhere, as per their convenience. All sort of cooperation will be extended in this regard.
6.   The facility of pick-up form Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport, Dumdum, Howrah Railway Station & Sealdah Railway Station will be available. It is requested to inform your Mobile No., Arrival date & time and mode of conveyance by 07.02.2015 latest.
7.   Name & Phone No. of Contact Person of AICEIA, West Bengal:-
a.   Sri Smarajit Bandyopadhyay –  09831527312
b.   Sri Devesh Shankar Srivastava – 09163783370
c.   Sri Abhishek Chakraborty – 09830410199
d.   Email – aiceiawb@gmail.com
e.   Website – aiceiakolkata.com

Thanking you with the hope to meet you in CEC at Kolkata.

.
Comradely yours,

Sd-
(Dina Nath Kar)
General Secretary
AICEIA, Kolkata




Happy Republic Day


Monday, January 12, 2015

Visit of Delhi, Ghaziabad & Meerut


Updates from Delhi:-

Com. Anupam Neeraj, President and the undersigned were in Delhi from 6th January to 10th January 2015 for meetings with the officers of CBEC, DGHRD and others. Many issues were discussed in details and letters were submitted to them during the meeting.  During meeting with the Member (P&V), we raised the issue of non-conducting of DPC for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent (CE) against consequential vacancies in Chennai Zone and Mumbai Zone.  We explained this situation, in which Inspectors of stagnated zones are repeatedly forced under sufferings.  We also told her that the cadre is agitated and this situation will hamper the smooth work  of these zones,  if problem is not addressed on time.  The Member (P&V) assured us that she will enquire into the matter and give suitable direction to the concerned authorities soon. 
Further, we also discussed the matter related to All India Seniority, stagnation, regional disparity, time bound completion of vigilance proceedings and compassionate appointments.  We strongly opposed any move to reduce the residency period and suggested to fill the vacant posts of Superintendent (CE) at well placed zones by calling the options from the officers of the stagnated zones who have rendered sufficient length of services in the department and are still awaiting promotion.  The Member (P&V) assured us that the residency period will not be decreased.

Copy of the letter submitted during meeting:-

F. No. AICEIA/CBEC/CR/2014/38                                Date: 07.01.2015                               

To
The Chairman,
Central Board of Excise & Customs,
North Block,
New Delhi-110 001.

Subject: - Critical issues related to the Cadre of Inspectors of Central Excise, which require immediate attention of CBEC - Reg.

Sir,
      
Please refer to our letters dated 05.08.2014, 20.08.2014, 28.10.2014, 07.11.2014 and 18.11.2014 on various subjects.

      The following issues related to our cadre need immediate attention of yourself:-
1.    Acute stagnation in the grade of Inspector of Central Excise and regional disparity in promotion to the grade of the Superintendent of Central Excise: - The cadre of Inspector of Central Excise is the most stagnated cadre in Central Government Departments.  There are various reasons behind this acute stagnation.  Despite the recent Cadre Restructuring, the stagnation continues to haunt the cadre.  If this problem is not addressed on time, it will be disastrous for the cadre in coming years. Second most demoralizing fact is that the cadre is suffering from discriminating regional disparity in promotion to the grade of Superintendents in different cadre controlling zones of Central Excise. Though, the department constituted one Study Group on this issue but we are sorry to submit that no way out has been achieved till date and the cadre is forced to believe that it is nothing else but one coolant to cool down the agitation and aspirations of the cadre.
2.  Delay in conducting DPC for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent against the vacancies arising out of the cascading effect of the Cadre Restructuring in some of the Cadre Controlling Zones of the Central Excise and fixation of single unified date for reckoning of seniority in the grade of Superintendent:- The DPC has not been conducted in Central Excise Zone, Chennai and Mumbai.  The DPC for the promotion of Inspector to the grade of the Superintendent has already been conducted in almost all the zones of Central Excise.  It is, therefore, requested to order:-
i.     the respective Cadre Controlling Authorities to conduct the DPC on priority basis and without further delay.
ii.   to protect the seniority in the grade of the Superintendents, of those Inspectors, who have been badly affected due to these inordinate delays.

3.  Redressal of cases of Compassionate Appointment as one time measure: - As part of welfare measure it is submitted that long pending cases of compassionate appointments are still pending in want of vacancies.  At this juncture when there are sufficient vacancies due to cadre restructuring, the department can impart some relief to the plight of the families sailing through the tough time because of death of their bread earner.
4. Time bound completion of Disciplinary/Vigilance Proceedings:- From  time  to  time,  the Government of  India has  issued executive  instructions  to  further  streamline  the  procedure  for Disciplinary/Vigilance  Inquiries  in conformity  with  judgments  of  the  High/Supreme  Court.  Nevertheless,  there continue  to  be  instances  of  inordinate  delay  in  the  disposal  of  such  disciplinary inquiries.  At present, hundreds of Disciplinary/Vigilance Inquiries are lying pending in different Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise, which needs urgent disposal in accordance with the guidelines/norms/rules framed by CBEC, DoPT and CVC.  Time norms specified by CVC for conclusion of disciplinary proceedings should be followed in letter and spirit.  It is, once again, requested to order all the Cadre Controlling Authorities in Central Excise to complete the Disciplinary/Vigilance proceedings in time bound manner in accordance with various guidelines issued by the Government of India.
     The Association, once again request,  not to give any relaxation in qualifying service for promotion to the grade of the Superintendent to fill the vacant posts of the Superintendents in various well placed zones.  The Inspectors joined through same examination in previous years are still waiting their first promotion in stagnated zones whereas the Inspectors joined up to the year 2005 have been promoted in well placed zones.  So, if any relaxation in qualifying service is given, it will further aggravate the Regional Disparity and hamper the genuine prospects of the Inspectors posted in stagnated zones who are already facing the discriminating regional disparity.  Hence, the still vacant posts of the Superintendent, Central Excise may be filled by the officers of the stagnated zones who have rendered sufficient length of services in the department and are still awaiting promotion due to no fault of theirs. 


Thanking you.                                                                                  
                                                                         Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Abhishek Kamal
                                                                                                      Secretary General
Copy to:-
The Member (P&V), CBEC, North Block, New Delhi-1.

Secretary General
                                                                                                                                                                                                              



Visit of Ghaziabad and Meerut:-

   With a view to strengthen Organization at all India level and to facilitate the interaction with the members at grass root level, meetings with the members were organized at Ghaziabad and Meerut on 09.01.2015 by Com. A. I. Abbasi, Vice President representing North Zone. Com. Anupam Neeraj, President and the undersigned were interacted with the members of the Ghaziabad and Meerut.  During the meeting, members were of the view that the members/office bearers from Meerut must represent their Circle in CEC/Convention in order to get their voice heard at national level, which they are lacking.  They were of the view that the national body of the Association should support the legal battle in order to bring parity in promotion across all Cadre Controlling Zones.  We reiterated the fact that we support morally, legally and financially all the endeavours to bring All India Seniority and parity in promotion across all Cadre Controlling Zones of Central Excise.  During his interaction with the members, Com. A I Abbasi called the young blood to participate in Association-activities.  Com. Anupam Neeraj apprised the members about the activities/initiative of AICEIA.  During our visit, we were happy to see and interact with the members posted at Ghaziabad and Meerut.  We are looking forward for a robust Association at Meerut.

  We were also wanted to organize meetings at Chandigarh and Jaipur Units, in which many office bearers have been promoted.  The meetings could not be organized on short notice as the existing office bearers are posted out of headquarters. We are looking forward to organize similar interaction programs at these places in near future.

  Yours fraternally,

  Abhishek Kamal
  Secretary General
 



Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Dear Comrades,

At the dawn of 2015, allow me to wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy New Year, hoping 2015 will bring us all prosperity and many successes, and bring our AICEIA to new heights through our collective efforts.

        Few months ago, we have been elected in Trivandrum Convention of AICEIA to serve the cadre. We got a well build and strong organization which is also the largest Association under CBEC.  Our predecessors worked very hard to bring the cadre together at a platform.  We shall work on the projects of our predecessors to reinforce the commitment towards the members. On this occasion, we assure you that our fight will yield results and  will bring justice to the cadre by way of removing stagnation and regional disparity in promotion.  We are bound to bring smiles to the face of every single member of the Cadre.

        Comrades!  Over the years, you all played a key role in building very strong foundations for AICEIA in different parts of the Country.  With your help we made AICEIA a trusted voice for our cadre.  On 06.09.2014, a Co-ordination meeting of all National Office Bearers was organized in Delhi. On that occasion, we reviewed the Association’s performance and achievements. We set new objectives and priorities for the upcoming period and committed ourselves to implement them. To this end, we validated the work of the working groups, we formed new ones and we assigned specific missions and tasks to the members of the Central Executive Committee. We hope, our endeavours will yield fruitful results in the year 2015.


        As you know that last year the AICEIA started Annual Lecture Series on "Participatory Governance" with a mission to inspire, educate and enrich the cadre.  It is great pleasure to announce that the 2nd lecture in AICEIA Annual Lecture Series on "Participatory Governance" will be held on 14.02.2015 (i.e. during the Kolkata CEC Meeting)  and Sh. Arun Zachariah Sir is the guest speaker for the lecture.     

       With best wishes for a bright and productive New Year for all,

Abhishek Kamal
Secretary General